Council on Foreign Relations

Program Associate, Outreach

National Program and Outreach
New York


CFR Outreach focuses on communities from a cross-section of American life, including educators and students; congregational leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations; and state and local government officials and their staffs. The program associate will primarily support the CFR Campus initiative, which connects those wishing to learn more about international relations and the role of the United States in the world to CFR resources and analysis as well as opportunities for engaging in discussions with experts on a broad range of issues through conference calls, workshops, briefings, and events at conferences. CFR is a non-partisan organization that takes no institutional stance on any issues.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting with planning and logistics of Outreach workshops, conference calls, roundtables, and conferences by drafting and sending event-related correspondence, tracking responses and participation, researching background materials, preparing meeting materials, drafting thank you notes, updating meeting records in database, completing post-event reports, and participating in brainstorming for program topics.
  • Maintaining a large database of contacts, including researching and compiling contact information for constituents.
  • Processing a large volume of email correspondence with Outreach constituents.
  • Coordinating the traditional, online, and social media marketing of CFR materials and publications to Outreach constituents and tracking the results—this includes placing print and online ads, and selecting content and drafting descriptive text for dedicated Outreach Initiative webpages, monthly and quarterly eNewsletters, and Twitter feeds.
  • Building pages in the content management system to be published on
  • Tracking departmental expenses, preparing payment vouchers, and assisting with budget development.
  • Tracking activities for Outreach efforts in calendars, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Providing general project and administrative support to the department, including attending and working at National Program and Outreach events.


  • Two years related program planning experience that includes database entry and logistical tasks related to event planning.
  • BA in international relations or related field with high academic achievement and an interest in U.S. and world leaders and current foreign policy issues.
  • Experience working with diverse sectors and leaders; preferably with educators, religious leaders, government officials, and related constituencies.
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and time management skills with an ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic team player with positive and flexible attitude, ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as detail oriented with strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Strong MS Word, Excel, and database skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and overtime, as necessary.
  • Social media and/or online marketing experience, preferred.
  • Experience working with budgets and billing, preferred.

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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